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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.4

While reviewers are pleased with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid's interior styling, most find its material quality to be merely decent. The front and back seats are comfortable and provide good legroom for taller adults, though headroom in the back is limited by a low rear roofline. Drivers will find forward visibility to be excellent but rearward visibility poor. The touch screen features vivid graphics, and its dashboard position is great for driver sightlines and reach. The Malibu Hybrid has 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than what most cars in the class have, including hybrids.

  • "Beyond functionality, the interior looks great. There are big clear gauges, a good-looking swoop and curve to the dash, and it's easy to see out, too." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The interior trim was high-grade cloth, let down a little by dashtop plastics with a bit too much gloss." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Storage for personal items is adequate, though not class-leading. Same goes for the interior materials, which are upgraded from the previous Malibu but not always convincing. Nonetheless, the dashboard's curvaceous new look lends an upscale vibe that should help earn consideration from nonbrand loyalists." -- Edmunds

Seating

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has seats for five. The front seats are comfortable, and taller adults will have plenty of legroom in the back seats. The Malibu Hybrid has a low roofline in the rear though, so headroom can be tight, and rearward visibility is compromised in blind spots. However, forward visibility is excellent, due in part to the low dashboard.

  • "The seats were supportive and comfortable, getting in and out was easy (tall drivers noted they no longer risked bumping their heads on the way in), and the rear seat was fine for full-size adults with 1.3 inches more legroom than last year." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The front seats are comfortable and highly adjustable, and the rear seats finally have enough legroom to seat adults, although headroom is still a little tight." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Also inside is the new low and away dashboard design that imparts a feeling of spaciousness inside the cabin." -- Left Lane News
  • Chevy says the hood and dashboard have been lowered to enhance visibility, and we can confirm that the view out the front is expansive. On the flip side, the rakish, coupelike rear roof line makes it unusually difficult to check your blind spot before changing lanes, so the optional blind-spot monitor is a particularly valuable addition." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Malibu Hybrid include a rearview camera, Chevy's MyLink Radio with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required), cruise control, and push-button start. Optional features include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, semi-automatic parking assist, front and rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, front pedestrian braking, an 8-inch touch screen, and low-speed automatic front braking. Also available is a Teen Driver monitoring system, which provides driving data for parents.

The touch screen is placed high on the dashboard and is easy for the driver to see and reach. The screen also has large menu icons and vibrant graphics. The available Teen Driver system is an excellent feature that allows parents to set driving parameters and monitor their teens' driving habits.

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  • "Chevy strikes a winning balance of integrating controls into its touch-screen system without forcing users to be over-reliant on it. The fact that Chevy's MyLink uses big, bright icons that are easy to tap is part of the appeal, and we aren't just talking about CarPlay." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ergonomically, most controls are where you'd expect them to be, and the interior design team nailed the location of the optional touchscreen. It sits high up and conveniently close to the driver, and reflections were never a problem on our evaluation drive. We also like how the screen is neatly integrated into the flow of the dashboard, as opposed to being perched on top like so many screens these days." -- Edmunds
  • "Tech was a shortcoming of the previous Malibu, but now it's leapfrogging some of its competition." -- Automobile Magazine
  • Also new in this Malibu is Chevrolet's Teen Driver System that allows parents to program in a recommended high speed that they don't want their young drivers to exceed. Other features like Geo-fencing alert parents when a car leaves a prescribed area and serves to encourage safe driving habits. Parents can also follow up by checking the 'Report Card' that, for a subscription fee, will display recent infractions. In this case, big brother may actually be your parent, too." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

Like most hybrid cars, the redesigned Malibu Hybrid's trunk space is diminished by the battery. With 11.6 cubic feet of room, the 2016 Malibu Hybrid's trunk is smaller than those of most affordable midsize cars, including hybrid models.

Although the Malibu Hybrid's rear seats fold, the battery blocks the pass-through for all but long, thin items.

  • "Tucked just behind the rear seats, the Malibu's battery reduces trunk volume from 15.8 cubic feet to 11.6. And while the rear seats still fold, the battery mostly blocks the pass-through." -- Car and Driver
  • "There is some space eaten out of the trunk by the battery. It's an irregular shape that mostly blocks the opening created by folding the rear seats, but there's still room to pass thinner objects like skis or lumber through." -- Autoblog

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